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PlumesOstrich Feathers, Jews, and a Lost World of Global Commerce$
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Sarah Abrevaya Stein

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780300127362

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300127362.001.0001

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The American Feather World

The American Feather World

(p.112) Chapter 4 The American Feather World

Sarah Abrevaya Stein

Yale University Press

This chapter examines the ostrich feather trade in New York. It describes the condition of ostrich feather workers and discusses the failure of the industry to resolve the volatility of the global ostrich feather market. The chapter highlights the visibility of the Jews at every level of the trade, and considers the role of the diasporic contacts among Jewish feather buyers and manufacturers in facilitating feather commerce between the United States, South Africa, and Great Britain. The chapter also analyzes the value and meaning of Jewishness in commercial alliances in the feather trade.

Keywords:   ostrich feather trade, New York, Jews, diasporic contacts, United States, South Africa, Great Britain, commercial alliances

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